Title: Enemy (2013)
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners)
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
Plot: When history teacher Adam (Gyllenhaal) discovers what seems to be his exact double in a movie he sets out to find just who this man is, leading him down a dark and mysterious road…
“Chaos is order yet undeciphered”
Review by Eddie on 7/07/2014
Mysterious, meticulously made and acted, moodily scored and movie making at it’s finest and most daring; upon watching Enemy you get the sense that what you are witnessing is a great film, but just how great a film it is you will decipher after the shocking ending and subsequent credits have finished rolling around in your head. Don’t doubt those willing to accept Denis Villeneuve’s film for what it is, as I very quickly established after exiting the cinema we have a new genre classic on our hands and therefore one of the years best but sadly lesser seen movies.
To talk too much about Enemy’s finely woven plot would be a huge disservice to the film and its makers and also viewers yet to partake in it’s unique and quite boundless intricacies. Enemy works on many levels and it’s steering hand is the ever amazing Denis Villeneuve, who after this effort and his previous films Prisoners and Incendies has quickly established himself as one of the most gifted and brave directors working today. Villeneuve’s Enemy is filmed articulately and with great sense of purpose, giving the film the oft sought after vibe of a 1970’s thriller that works to great effect with the story of Adam and his quest for answers in a mysterious web that you will be wholly caught up in. With the character of Adam, Villeneuve needed an actor on top of his game and after their great collaboration in Prisoners its fantastic to see a new director/actor partnership building with himself and the arguably never better Jake Gyllenhaal.
Playing two roles at once has never been an easy acting task, yet here Gyllenhaal can not be faulted in what is a performance that with the right marketing (and in lieu of movie politics) is certainly award worthy. Gyllenhaal inhabits both his roles with a vigour scarcely seen in acting these days, and the places in which his Adam goes to and we the audience discover with him are completely and utterly brilliantly played by the actor. It would of been easy for an actor to get lost in material that is not afraid to mess with logic and time, use symbolism as not only a red herring but a solidified story component and take audiences off guard with some downright confronting subject matters. It’s a credit to all involved that Enemy works the way in which it does without giving off an easy-to-read explanations or conformance to what we expect as a modern day movie loving public.
An absolute gem of a movie that is destined for a long life in the echelons of cult movie fandom, Enemy is a movie worthy of all the praise it may get and unquestionably more than it will receive thanks to its low key release and heavy subject. One of the most unique and downright masterful movies you’re likely to witness this year with an ending that surely must go down as an all time classic, Enemy is a film that should be on your must-watch list and if you find yourself unsure of what it’s all about upon conclusion research into this tale will only increase your appreciation for what is an extremely smart and near perfectly executed tale dealing with issues that in the modern day and age are all too familiar.
5 mysterious envelopes out of 5
(Couldn’t leave out an image of the movies ripping poster)